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  • Celebrating Africa Day
    OPINION Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 25 May 2020 Today, on May 25th, is Africa Day. It is a special day to reflect on Africanness, African brotherhood and sisterhood. It is also a difficult day as it brings into sharp relief the failure of our independence projects. Most of our nations are still under the cosh of former colonial ‘masters’ and under the leash of new colonialists. Just like during colonialism, most of our people are still mistreated by government, and in some cases treated even worse than the colonials ever did; and in the same way that the colonial official…
Politics
  • Luanda Leaks and the Turning Tide of Accountability for Africa‘s Political Elites
    COMMENT Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime and Lena Scheibinger, 4 June 2020 Introduction Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former president of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos ,faces allegations of corruption and embezzlement of state resources after the publication of the Luanda Leaks: a trove of  more than 715,000 confidential business and financial documents concerning Ms…
  • Observations on the Malawi Presidential Election Petition of 2019
    ANALYSIS Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 8 May 2020 On 8 May 2020, the Supreme Court of Malawi upheld the judgement of the Constitutional Court in finding that Peter Mutharika was not duly elected as president of the Republic of Malawi in the May 2019 elections and ordering a fresh election within 150 days. The judgment…
Human Rights
  • Renee Bach – Fighting post-colonial power structures through litigation
    OPINION Isabelle Zundel and Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 15 June 2020 Renee Bach, a young white American woman with evangelical background, came to Uganda in 2007. Straight out of high school, she had little professional training and even more trifling experience. Yet she was able to found “Serving His Children” a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which…
  • Achieving justice for victims of gross human rights in Sudan
    COMMENT Prof. Dr Kaime and Lena Scheibinger, 4 June 2020 Significant step in the al-Bashir indictment In February 2020, the Sudanese government indicated its intention to hand over Omar al-Bashir, the country’s former strongman to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Arrest warrants against…
  • Falsified registrations threaten child rights
    OPINION Gift Gawanani Mauluka, 18 May 2020 In light of the fresh Presidential election scheduled for 2nd July 2020 in Malawi, there has been an increase of human rights abuses and violations. One of these is the opening up of the National Registration Bureau (NRB) to children who have not reached the official age of…